An "evil man" with a "deviant sexual interest" in young girls has been jailed for 27 years.

Pervert Barry Jones, 57, faced justice for inflicting "nightmare" abuse on three girls over a period of years.

Southampton Crown Court heard how he showed an "overt sexual interest" in one of his victims and was "not afraid to act upon that interest". 

Jones, of Granby Grove, Southampton, still denies all 16 offences despite being found guilty by a jury in January.

These were three rapes of a child, four child sexual assault charges, four offences of sexual activity with a child, another sexual assault, and three charges of causing or inciting a child into sexual activity. He was also convicted of indecent assault. 

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Jones admitted three offences of making indecent images of children of categories A, B and C. 

Prosecutor Richard Onslow said these related to the downloading of photos he then organised into folders on various laptops. 

His screensaver on these was a photo of the genitalia of a young girl. 

Referring to the pre-sentence report, Recorder Don Tait said Jones has a "deviant sexual interest in pre-pubescent girls" treating the girls "as objects of his personal sexual gratification". 

Recorder Tait said the report described the defendant as "completely remorseless", adding: "I agree with that.

"There was not a flicker of emotion from the defendant at any time."

In a statement read out in court, one of his victims said: "This has had a massive effect on me. 

"I would in fact say that he ruined my childhood. I used to get horrible nightmares because of what he did to me.

"It will stay with me for the rest of my life."

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Another victim described him as an "abusive, spiteful, evil monster," adding: "You have forever tainted my life."

Jones was made subject to a restraining order and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for life. 

Mitigating, Gemma White said: "He maintains the stance that he maintained throughout the course of these proceedings and in the trial.

"He does not agree with the conclusion of the probation service where dangerousness is concerned.

"There is reference within the pre-sentence report to Mr Jones’s experiences in his formative years.

"A sad fact of life that these courts will be familiar with is that those who sometimes experience abuse as a child become abusers."

She added that he has a long-standing alcohol addiction. 

Jones has 16 previous convictions for 43 offences.

Recorder Tait described Jones as an "evil man" when he addressed the victims in court.

The judge added: "You have been extremely strong in trying to cope with all of this over the years since this happened. Well done, we are very proud of you."

An order was made for the forfeiture and destruction of items seized by the police.